Giving thanks

As families around the country gather for the upcoming holiday and take a moment to give thanks for the special people in their lives, your ONE editors wanted to share these photos from some of our Illinois and Wisconsin Champions students, who celebrated their school principals last month with Principal Appreciation Week. Even though this…

New mom gives thanks for son’s teachers

It’s that time of year to reflect on the things we’re thankful for. For one family of a five-month-old in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, that includes center director Amber Berkemeijer and her team at KinderCare. It’s been hard going back to work and you guys have made it easy on us every step of the way.  Henry…

WATCH: Award-winning teacher Stephanie Leath

Making every child feel special and appreciated is what Stephanie Leath, a Prekindergarten teacher from Fort Worth, Texas does best. That’s why she’s a 2014 KU Early Childhood Educator Award winner. “Stephanie has a passion for working with children, teaching children, making connections with children,” said Amber Welguisz, center director. “She does everything one hundred…

KU and the Portland Trail Blazers launch second year of Read BIG

Earlier this week a team of Knowledge Universe employees gathered at Rosa Parks Elementary School in North Portland for a special meeting: reading with the second grade students in Ms. Kelly’s class. They were joined by representatives from the Portland Trail Blazers and Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) to celebrate the start of the…

Finding inspiration and community while down in the weeds

“You can’t overstate the importance of working with your hands. When you work with your hands you also work with your heart. Working with your hands empowers you.” – Ray Figueroa, community leader It started simply: a call for volunteers for a community service project with Clif Bar, one of our CCLC clients. Each year…

WATCH: Mary Annthipie-Bane honored with educator award

Mary Annthipie Bane, a preschool teacher in Belford, New Jersey, is known for getting down on a child’s level and truly engaging them in their learning experience. Though she’s taught at many preschools, KinderCare has always been her dream job. “I found out that while she was teaching at another preschool, that it had been…

Linda Hassan Anderson elected to national board

Linda Hassan Anderson, vice president of education for Knowledge Universe, has been elected to the board of the Council of Professional Recognition (CDA Council). The CDA Council is a nonprofit promoting improved performance and recognition of early childhood education professionals. The CDA Council is most known for their Child Development Associate® National Credentialing Program. “It’s…

Growing Social Circles

Knowledge Universe’s social media channels are going multimedia these days, including three new video series debuting on brand blogs, Facebook pages, and other social channels in December. Here’s a sneak peak at the new series. Dr. Elanna Yalow and Linda Hassan Anderson will host a new series of video shorts called Parenting with Purpose. The videos are…

Knowledge Universe achieves 900th accredited center

Knowledge Universe, today announced it has achieved a major milestone with 900 centers now nationally accredited. This week the KinderCare Learning Center in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, became the 900th center in the Knowledge Universe family of brands to achieve accreditation through the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Knowledge Universe, announced earlier this…

Be present: How LaFaye Briggs does Best in Class

Center director LaFaye Briggs strives to be present in everything she does at Newport News KinderCare in Virginia. Whether it’s making sure to connect with families multiple times a day, or being sure that her staff are all on the same page, LaFaye brings passion and enthusiasm to the center every day. “Each day is…